Dating back to the1880s, the historical home housing the Michael Cahill Bed and Breakfast exudes a sense of restful harmony. Named for an Irish immigrant who settled in the area in 1850, this stately inn is definitely the nicest B&B among the few choices in Ashtabula. Owners Pat and Paul Goode use their green thumbs to good advantage here; the inn sits on a corner lot thick with gorgeous flowers, shrubs and foliage. Visitors can enjoy the landscaping (and perhaps play a game of Scrabble) on the expansive porch, where a swing and rocking chairs beckon on long summer evenings.
Inside, the decor is a tasteful mix of antiques and period furniture complemented by modern amenities like an upstairs kitchenette and a sitting room with a flat-screen TV. There are three guest rooms; ours was compact with a double bed covered in chenille and a wall-unit air conditioner (there’s no central air at the inn), but the adjacent private bathroom was a vintage dream complete with a claw-foot tub.
Breakfast is sufficient and satisfying, if a bit simple—quiche accompanied by sweet breads and poached pears. The inn is open seasonally; rates run $80 to $105.